July 4, 2011 Subject:
Ann Savage Does Well In "Renegade Girl"
Ann Savage carries this film. She does well, except in a few scenes, such as her apparent depression after recovering from a knifing. Alan Curtis, her love interest, is interesting and does alright as a Union Captain. The rest of the cast is fine. The story line is interesting, has very few lags, and comes to a conclusion. A female lead in any film, but especially a western, was very rare. Again, Ann Savage (of "Detour" fame)does well.
Had they used actors who could act and had they used a director who could direct this might have been an OK movie, but they didn't. Bob was a Brooklyn bricklayer sounding guy whose mean streak seemed as mean as maybe spanking a kitten for drinking out of his cereal bowl and Jean more like the 30s night club singer turned western bandit and the dialog was sappier than a sugar maple tree in Canada in October. In fact the ONLY one who seemed remotely right for the role was the Captain, but even that was a stretch.
They made the native Americans out to be just renegade savages and little more which was just a bit over the hill racist. I'm surprised Al Jolson wasn't Mammy wasn't in this one too in black face and Rudolph Valentino as the sheik.
The idea of the plot was OK and maybe even the screenplay, but nobody in this one was convincing in the least. 2 stars just because jean was pretty, but that's it. I might have gone 3, but I'm not wild about platinum blondes especially in westerns. keep em as night club singers or the fem fatal's, but not as bandits post civil war flicks..
May 21, 2010 Subject:
That was a lot of movie for one hour!
I give zero stars for the ending... but I liked the whole story line because it took place in the Western Theater of the Civil War, which isn't often seen.
Takes place in the late Civil War in 1864 Missouri where she was one of Quantrill's Raiders and then took on a shifty-eyed Indian, White Cloud, (no, seriously there's this whole montage scene of him shifting his eyes back and forth maniacally. I. kid. you. not.) out to massacre her after they murdered her family, and she was constantly running from small units of the Yankee Cavalry, as well as members of her own gang.
I really liked this movie, but I can't get enough of the War between the States. YMMV.
November 15, 2006 Subject:
Turn back before it's too late.
A Union agent sets out to capture a Confederate gal who's a rebel leader.
Oddly I did not see the studio logo, perhaps they were too ashamed to show it on this dog.